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WHO declares Liberia EBOLA FREE again

Jonathan O. Grigsby/Joseph T. Koon

(elbcradio.com/Jan.14, 2016)-The World Health Organization (WHO) has again declared Liberia free of the Ebola virus following the latest case reported in the Duport Road Community in Paynesville, Montserrado County.

Official program befitting the historic event took place at the Ministry of Health in Oldest Congo to mark the fourth time Liberia has defeated the Ebola Virus. and formally declared free by that World Health Body (WHO).

Reports say, this latest declaration by the WHO marks the end of the virus in West Africa. The World Health Organization had earlier declared Sierra Leone and Guinea free of the virus.

During the program, WHO Representative to Liberia, Alex Gassasira, lauded the Liberian Government and people for their resilience in once more defeating Ebola.

Mr. Gassasira said:  “Today’s pronouncement marks 42 – days, two 21 days incubator cycles of the virus, after the last patient tested negative for the disease two times.”

“It is the first since the start of the EVD epidemic in West Africa two years ago that the three hardest – hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are zero cases for at least 42 days,” he noted.

He said WHO will continue to support Liberia in its ongoing effort to detect any suspected cases through strengthened disease surveillance and response effectively if a case does arise.

The WHO Representative emphasized: “We commend the Liberian Government for developing a national policy that will ensure that EVD survivors have access to medical and psychosocial care and screening for persistent virus.”

This initiative will assist EVD survivors reintegrate into family and community life, reduce stigma and minimize the risk of the Ebola virus transmission”, Mr. Gassasira said.

He, however, called on Liberians to continue carrying on hygienic practices, to avoid the resurgence of the virus.

 


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